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					                                 Growing Judo
                                  May, 2010

Monthly publication of the
Club Support Services
Committee of the
United States Judo Association
21 North Union Blvd, Suite 200
Colorado Springs, CO
(877) 411‐3409

                                    In this month's issue:
                                        KDK Throwing Techniques
                                          The role of the Standards and
                                           Ethics Committee
                                          How Judo influenced Hapkido
                                          More NEW USJA clubs!
                                          Lots of Judo News &
                                           Upcoming Events
                                          New USJA merchandise
                                          And more!
                                                 Table of Contents

President's Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Important Reminder: Is Your Background Check up-to-date? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
USJA Standards and Ethics Committee--What We Do by Michael Goldsmith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Modern KDK Throwing Techniques Certification Program by Hal Sharp, 8th Dan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
How Judo Influenced the Korean Martial Art of Hapkido by Tony A. Ramey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
A WARM WELCOME to Our NEW USJA Clubs! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Congratulations to our Newly Certified USJA Coaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Judo News From Around the Country . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Upcoming Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Put Your Dojo on the Map! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Send Us Your News for Milestones & In Memoriam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Learn Judo with the Gokyo Gang & New USJA Merchandise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

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                         UNITED STATES JUDO ASSOCIATION

                         21 North Union Boulevard, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909-5742
                                  Telephone: (877) 411-3409 Fax: (719) 633-4041

                                        From the Office of the President


                                                  April 20, 2010
        Gary S. Goltz

  Judo lost one of its top instructor’s with the recent passing of Vince Tamura. He
  was among the few USJA 9th dans and a long time supporter of our organization. He
  ran a club in Dallas for many years which produced some of the finest judoka and
  judo leaders in our country.

  I look back at the photos of the day USJA founder and former President Jim
  Bregman presented Tamura Sensei his last promotion. It was a celebration of a
  lifetime devoted to spreading judo and it’s teachings in order to better society. This
  is the ultimate tribute to what Dr. Kano had in mind when he invented judo.

  The titans of judo must always be revered and remembered by all of us who continue
  to carry the torch.


  Gary S. Goltz,
  USJA President

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                                    Important Reminder!

Is your Background Check up-to-date?

Just a reminder to all certified coaches, instructors, referees, USJA committee members and
officers, as well as anyone claiming promotion points for coaching activities or applying for a
promotion to shodan or higher: You must undergo a USJA background/screening and you should
keep this credential current at all times.

If you have already had a background check, it should be listed (along with the expiration date)
under the "Certifications" listed on your USJA membership card.

The cost for the screening is only $16 and the form is simple to complete. The screening is valid
for a period of four years. For more information on the USJA Background Screening Policy
requirements and procedures, please see:

Background Screening Policy and Procedure

Background Screening Consent Form:

                   USJA Standards and Ethics Committee--What We Do
                                     by Michael Goldsmith, Esq.,
                            Chair, USJA Standards and Ethics Committee

        If you have an issue, question, or complaint involving UJSA ethics, the matter will
eventually come before the Standard and Ethics Committee. I have the honor of presiding as Chair
of that committee, along with my distinguished colleagues who donate their time and expertise to
serve with me.

       The rules governing the S&E Committee are stated in Article V (D) of the USJA Bylaws. The
stated purpose of the Standards and Ethics Committee is “to serve the USJA community, to protect
the reputation of the Corporation, support the membership in mattes of standards and ethics,
nurture successful, professional, relationships in the spirit of Judo and to foster relationships of
integrity among all members.” [Art. V(D)(ii)(b)(1-5)]. (Please forgive the citations, but I am an
attorney, and this is how we like to write!).

        The functions to be performed by the committee are further stated in the bylaws as
“facilitate the Standards and Ethics Procedures, advise members regarding Standards and Ethics,
assist members in the resolution of disagreements, encourage and facilitate mediation of disputes,
review, investigate, conduct interviews and hearings, regarding alleged violations of ethics, and
make resolution of case where the Committee is unable to mediate or where punitive action is
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required, determine the financial cost accrued during investigations and hearing and recommend
the level of monetary fines to be levied as part of the final judgment by the Board of Directors,
create and adapt rules governing the internal operations of the Committee, and serve the wishes
and interests of the board of Directors in matters of Standards and Ethics.” [Art. V(D)(ii)(1-8)]
(Sorry again – can’t help it!).

       In the event that an ethics complaint is filed against a member of the USJA, we are charged
with the investigation. As Chair, I am the first to review the complaint. If I conclude that the
complaint alleges a violation of the USJA Code of ethics, I will assign someone, usually a Committee
member, to resolve the situation, either through mediation or advice. After the investigation is
complete, the investigator will write a report along with a recommendation, and same will be
presented to the entire Committee, who will vote on it. The range of recommendations can range
from dismissal of the complaint, a letter of sanction, a suspension for a specified time, to outright
expulsion for serious breaches of the USJA Code.

      It should be noted that the S&E Committee cannot sanction anyone without Board
approval. Our function is to make a recommendation to the Board of Directors, who will vote
whether or not to accept our recommendation.

       Another function we serve is to review people’s background checks when they are seeking
coaching certification, promotion to shodan or above, or are serving on any USJA Committees.
Currently, I am the only one in the USJA who reviews the background checks. If you have any
misdemeanors on your record, that generally is no impediment to having your background
cleared, and your record remains completely confidential. An investigation is only commenced
generally if there are serious felonies, histories of violent behavior, open warrants, or arrests
involving minors on your record.

       I have been “on the job” for a little less than a year. With the good advice of past USJA
President Dr. AnnMaria DeMars, current President Gary Goltz, and Director and Acting Recording
Secretary Marc Cohen, we have put together a Committee comprised of experienced attorneys,
trained investigators, a distinguished Federal Judge, and a clinical Psychologist that I am very
proud to serve with. Each and every member of the Committee volunteers his or her time and
expertise, and shares a common vision of creating an ethics complaint process that is open, fair,
just and transparent. We are dedicated to insuring that the rights of all parties are scrupulously
observed and all confidences are strictly maintained. We are currently working very hard to
establish new procedures to make the S&E Committee operate more even more efficiently.

       On a personal note, the name of the Long Island PAL judo club in which I teach is “Jita Kyoei
Judo.” I firmly believe in Dr. Kano’s principle of mutual welfare and harmony. It truly gives me no
pleasure to have to preside over anyone’s punishment. It is my hope that the S&E Committee can
provide ethical guidance and mediation rather than sanction. At every formal Board meeting, S&E
has to give a presentation as to the status of our investigations and recommendations. It is my
ultimate goal to go to a Board meeting in the not too distant future, and say, “Honorable President,
members of the Board, I have nothing to report.”

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              Modern Kodokan Throwing Techniques Certification Program
                              Kick-Off Announcement
                                      by Hal Sharp, 8th Dan

We are now ready to receive applications to join the program and volunteer examiners (See check
box on the application). To understand this program, go to your USJA or USJF Website, under
USJA-USJF Grass Root Judo or KDK Technical Development Program. Within that site there is a
highlighted “You Tube” which will show a video of this program. The revised program description
has been expanded to include the application for a candidate and instructor, frequently asked
questions, and how to transmit your video test demonstration to the examiner over the internet.

                                       PERSONAL NOTE

                                       I am an 83 year old 8th dan and a member of the program
                                       and an examiner. If I can do it, you can do it. Although I
                                       have never taken a test in my fifty eight years of judo, I
                                       have written five judo books (three published) and
                                       produced over twenty judo videos. My books have sold
                                       over 250,000 copies since 1951. At a recent coaches
                                       conference I gave a briefing on the program and
                                       demonstrated a common throw, Osoto Gari, as shown in
                                       the book, which impressed the attendees.

                                       The demonstration illustrated how the techniques as
                                       shown in the book were unique and practical for
                                       competition. At the conference I was asked why I was so
                                       enthusiastic about the Daigo’s book, “Kodokan Judo
                                       Throwing Techniques”, and establishing a certification
                                       program based on the book. I replied as follows:

I started judo in Japan in l952 at the age of 25. In those days all
promotion competitions were by grade and only ippon scores were
counted. In less than a year I became a Shodan, the next year a
Nidan and the third year a Sandan. Within one and a half years I
qualified for Yodan.

My Sandan opponents were college level competitors who were
stronger than I and had been doing judo since childhood. During
those years in Japan I worked full time as an Air Force Auditor and
practiced six to seven days a week. Fortunately, I practiced with
many outstanding Sensei and Champions. I did not have a chance to
develop poor habits that would result in being airborne or beaten on
the mat. The answer to my success was that I did not practice
defensively, trained to win, and fought by using my opponent’s
weaknesses. Generally, I let my opponent get his grip and took whatever was left. At that time
Judo practice at the Kodokan and at most dojo was only Randori. Instruction was rare. So, how
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did I learn techniques? When I observed an outstanding judoka who threw other Black Belts with
ease, I would practice with him as hard as I could. After Randori I would ask him to show me his
tokui (favorite) waza. He would emphasize “chance” or “opportunity” based on the opponent’s
actions. For example, in Ippon Seoi Nage, he would throw whenever the opponent attacked (i.e.,
Osoto or Taiotoshi). When an opponent would hold with bars he would lock up the opponent’s
arms and throw. There was a common thread in these types of lessons. The descriptions in
Daigo’s book are similar to the instructions I received in my early years in judo. The secret to
success is to really, really, really, want to make the technique work. Judo is a physical and mental

After I returned to the States, I noticed that many
players practice static judo, weak Uchi-komi, played
defensively, fought for their grip regardless of what the
opponent did, and used combinations much too often.
There appears to be a lack of understanding as how to
take advantage of the opponent’s actions and reactions.

In 2007 I visited the Kodokan and purchased Daigo's
book so that he could autograph it for me (he was my
Sensei in the 1950’s). The day I read the book I was
excited to learn that each technique and variation
described timing, control, and execution based on the
opponent’s action and reactions. In the book counter
throws are classified as throwing techniques. This is
exactly what I learned in my formative years in Japan.
In many cases techniques also show the evolution from
old jujutsu. The 360 variations and applications
represent modern judo, and are classified under the 67
throwing categories. Techniques are grouped by
similar techniques (i.e. ippon seoi, morote seoi, and seoi
otoshi). This is a book of “chance” or “opportunity” of
modern judo methods.

I recommend that all instructors, assistant instructors and advanced students enter this program.
This program will motivate you to study all the techniques in the book. Start with a technique you
think you really know. You will find yourself thinking “outside the box”. Welcome to 21st century

Good luck!

          For more information about the Kodokan Technical Development Program, go to:

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                  How Judo Influenced the Korean Martial Art of Hapkido
                                           by Tony A. Ramey,
                           4th   Dan Judo, 7th Dan Heuk Choo Kwan Hapkido

My experience in Judo started in 1971, like most people during that time I was amazed at the Asian
Martial Arts, and desperately wanted to study any style I could find. Fortunately a local Doctor had
trained at the Kodokan in the early 60’s and began teaching at a local church. The small town in
Kentucky where I grew up was like a hole in the wall, and the major industry at the time was the L&N
Railroad. We had one small movie theatre downtown and there wasn’t much else to do, so I enrolled in
the Judo class and we met once a week at the very expensive tuition rate of $1 per lesson. Sometimes it
wasn’t easy to come up with the dollar and the Sensei was very lenient about paying.

So anyway I couldn’t wait until the movie “Billy Jack” hit the movie screen. And when it finally did I
was so excited after watching “Billy Jack” destroy his opponents in the ice cream shop and park. I knew
then that I had to study Hapkido along with my Judo training, but that wasn’t to be. There were no
Hapkido schools around and I would have to wait until I joined the Navy years later before I was able
to train in Hapkido. Hapkido is a Korean martial art developed in the 1950’s and is literally translated
as “the art of coordinated power”.

So after finally waiting many years I was fortunate to locate a Hapkido instructor and began taking
classes. One thing I found out immediately was that thanks to my Judo training and Ukemi skills I
caught on to Hapkido very quickly. The throwing techniques were identical to Judo and some were
variations of the skills I had learned over the years.

After studying Hapkido for a long time, I decided to research the history of Hapkido and how it came
about. This is what I discovered, the original founder of Hapkido was a Korean named “Choi Yong
Sool”, and shortly before WW2 he was taken from his homeland by a Japanese candy maker and taken
to live in Japan. But due to his constant crying and disobedience, the Japanese man abandoned him on
the streets and he was taken to live in a monastery in Hokkaido. After a few years Choi was taken to
the Daito Ryu (Great Eastern School) Aiki Jitsu school in Hokkaido to become the houseboy for Takeda
Sokaku, the Grandmaster of the Daito Ryu. And as legend goes Choi became an avid student and
received many private lessons from Takeda. He was not allowed to train with other Japanese students
because he was Korean. Takeda gave him a Japanese name and eventually helped Takeda train the
Japanese military during the war.

After the defeat of the Japanese in WW2, Choi was forced to leave the Takeda household and returned
to Korea. When Choi arrived in Korea he was robbed at the train station and all of his belongings were
taken including his documents attesting that he was a teacher of the Daito Ryu system. Choi became
destitute and searched for odd jobs, one day he was standing in line at a Korean brewery and was
waiting with others for left over grain that was given away to the needy every day.

In 1947, Suh Bok Sub was a Judo Black Belt and President of the South Korean Suh Brewery Company.
Many People would line up outside the brewery every morning at dawn to get free grain chaff. On one
particular morning, Suh looked out his second floor office window and saw one man defend himself
against several attackers without much effort. He was very impressed and curious about what he had
observed and his office clerk to bring the man to his office.

In his office, Suh asked Choi Young Sool, “What kind of martial arts have you practiced?”

Growing Judo, May 2010                                                                           Page 8
 Choi responded “Why do you ask?”
“I am a Black Belt in Judo. I want to learn your art and use it in a tournament.” Suh replied.

Choi asked Suh to grab his lapel with his right hand, palm facing down. When Suh grabbed the lapel,
Choi easily executed an elbow lock with his left armpit and threw Suh to the floor. Suh immediately
grabbed Choi’s lapel again, this time with the palm facing up. Choi simply twisted his right wrist
counter-clockwise and threw him to the floor again. After being defeated twice, Suh begged Choi to
teach him, promising him more free chaff, as well as paying him money for lessons.

Suh Bok Sub was so impressed he became Choi’s student immediately and converted his Judo
Dojang/Dojo and opened the first Hapkido school in Korea. At the time Choi called his art “Yawara or
Yu Sool”, it wasn’t until many years later that a man named “Ji Han Jae” came a long and coined the
phrase “Hapkido”. Time went on and as the training progressed at the brewery, Choi ventured out on
his own. With the money he had earned teaching at the brewery Choi was able to make a decent living
and eventually opened another school near Seoul.

During an interview with In Suh Bok many years later, he credits his Judo training as the basis for his
success in Hapkido. He was adamant about his ukemi and throwing skills and how they helped to mold
his joint locking skills. Choi also incorporated the ranking system of Judo into Yu Sool and used many
Judo throwing techniques as a basis for Hapkido throwing techniques. For example; the Judo technique
of “Ippon Seionage” is usually done with tori’s right shoulder under uke’s right shoulder, or a same
side technique. Hapkido also has a shoulder throw similar to Ippon Seionage, but there are a few
differences. The technique uses the same 1, 2, 3 steps of entry, off balance and execution. But tori
enters the technique on the opposite shoulder, you might think that this is suicide but it actually
works. The key to success is to make sure that uke’s armpit is resting on your shoulder, and his arm is
grabbed with his palm face down, not up. By pulling uke’s arm down as you step in and locking his
armpit on your shoulder and follow through you will succeed. If you attempt this proceed with caution
and make sure that you begin slowly. My friend and Jujitsu board member Lowell Slaven produced an
excellent DVD showing a version of the Korean Seionage; it is demonstrated flawlessly.

For those who are not familiar with Hapkido, I will attempt to explain a few things about the system
and how Judo complements the art. Hapkido and Judo have many things in common, one of the first
things a Hapkidoist learns is ukemi (break falls) and then moves on to the basic points of Kuzushi (off
balancing). The original styles of Yu Sool/Hapkido incorporated ukemi and nage waza as basic skills,
and without them a Hapkido student would be lost. There are some current Hapkido styles that do not
teach ukemi at all, and have watered down the original concepts of Hapkido to increase revenue and
market a product that really has nothing to do with Hapkido.

Over time Hapkido adapted the ranking system used by Judo and many Hapkido students and
instructors wore a Judo Gi as the standard uniform, the Karate style Gi didn’t last very long due to the
intense grabbing pulling of the uniform during training.

In Korea there are hundreds and hundreds of martial art schools, Taekwondo is probably most
prevalent because it is the national art of Korea just like Judo is to Japan. But there are many Hapkido
schools and other styles that involve jujitsu style techniques.

Reference material used: Dr. He Young Kimm, Copyright- 1991 Hapkido, Andrew Jackson College Press,
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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                A WARM WELCOME to Our NEW USJA Clubs!
Editor's Note: As a new, regular feature, we will be recognizing and sending our best wishes to newly registered
USJA clubs. Special thanks to DeeDee Weller at the USJA National Office for her assistance with this project.

April, 2010

Club Name: Flowing Chi Judo Club (Class B club)                 Location: Saginaw, MI
Head Instructor: Howard Hannon                                  phone: 989-755-7455
email:                                website:

Club Name: Lakeside Judo (Class C club)                         Location: Syracuse, IN
Head Instructor: Gary Loy                                       phone: 574-253-1939

Club Name: Mercer University Judo and Jujitsu Club              Location: Macon, GA
Head Instructor: Michael Dean                                   phone: 404-387-4536

Club Name: Camacho Judo and MMA Club                            Location: Glendale, AZ
Head Instructor: Sergio Camacho                                 phone: 623-308-4775
email:                                 website:

Club Name: Mid-Atlantic Academy of Martial Arts                 Location: Vienna, VA
Head Instructor: Kyung Jin Sun                                  phone: 703-297-9812

                      Congratulations to our Newly Certified USJA Coaches

     Gant Grimes, Texoma Judo Club, Texas
     Jeremy Gray, Bushido Sports Judo Club, Florida
     Keith Warzecha, Little Rock Judo Center, Arkansas
     Dennis McCarter, Seika Ryu Martial Arts Academy, California
     Josue Moreno, South West Self Defense Systems, California
     Jake Sugiyama, California
     Bo Svenson, California

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Right: Jennifer Weill and Mark Chast, both of Bushido Kai Judo
Club were selected as USJA's Outstanding Kata Competitors for
2009! At the 2009 Nationals they won Gold in both Nage-no-kata
and Katame-no-kata, Silver in Ju-no-kata and Bronze in Kodokan
Goshin-jutsu. They were the Mixed Pair Over-All Champions!

For a complete listing of all
USJA National and State Award winners, go to:

Judo News From Around the Country
Georgia, March 27

On March 27th McCleary
Martial Arts Center in
Hiram, GA hosted its first
interclub tournament and
included participants from
Korkoro Tatsu Judo (Sensei
Stephen Alphabet) and
Georgia Tae Kwon Do,
Hapkido and Judo
Association (Sensei Roy
Carslake). 22 junior and 12
adult competitors, along
with 8 coaches attended.

The day started off with some Judo games to break the ice and to allow some of the youngest
children to participate. The tournament was set up in a Line Format or King of the Mountain
style. Competitors were lined up by age, weight and rank and beginning with the youngest
players, the matches began. The competition was fierce and the atmosphere was electric.

When a student won his/her match they stayed out to face the next person. If they lost, they went
into pools according to the number of wins they had so far. In this way students had a chance to
play an opponent more closely matched to their ability. Students were challenged to finish in a
higher pool than their initial one – a goal that was accomplished by every competitor at the event.

Most students got seven or more matches and everyone appeared to have a great time. The spirit
of Judo ran high. Some of McMAC’s brown belts had their first taste of what it is like to be the
referee. Parents and judoka also learned to run the scoreboard.
Growing Judo, May 2010                                                                      Page 11
All in all it was a wonderful developmental event.
There was great sportsmanship, ferocious
competition, and ample opportunity to improve
judo technique, coaching skills, refereeing skills
and table work. And, by the way, there were no
trophies, ribbons or other prizes. Students fought
for pride and for their club and family, but most of
all for the sheer joy of doing judo.

McCleary Martial Arts Center

Maryland, March 22 & April 1
Budokan Judo Club's Visit-Another-Dojo Month got off to
a late start because of our club's relocation . On March
22, we did manage to visit the Southern Maryland Jujitsu
Academy (SMJA) in White Plains, Maryland, under the
instruction of Sensei Sean McBroom, Jujitsu Shichidan.
SMJA has been registered as a USJA club for several years.
Sensei McBroom has recently committed to registering all
of his students with USJA. (Right) Sensei McBroom
demonstrates a kansetsu waza self defense technique.

                                                             On April 1 (no April Fools), we visited Huio
                                                             Judo Club in Beltsville, Maryland under the
                                                             instruction of Sensei Mark Smith. Huio
                                                             Judo Club (USJF) was founded by the late
                                                             Sensei Ken Tamai in 1968. This club has
                                                             been a longtime friend to Budokan Judo

                                                             -- Rev. Marshall R. Coffman – Yodan

Montana, February 21
When Montana snow prevented Deborah Fergus, USJA Women’s
Committee Chair, to visit Gregg Trude’s judo school in Helena
(YMCA), the Martial Arts Academy of Billings hosted her instead.
Ms. Fergus spoke about the development of judo for women and
about her friend Rusty Kanokogi, a women’s judo pioneer. Ms.
Kanokogi passed away last November. Ms. Fergus is no stranger to
the sport either, being a judoka for the past 40 years.

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Ms. Fergus got us good and warmed up with some games: tag and freeze, then “sharks and penguins” for
turn over techniques. First she checked out our ukemi. We then worked on improving our hold down
techniques: yoko shiho gatame, kata gatame, and transition from a collar hold to tate shiho gatame. We
chose one of our favorite throwing techniques and worked with our partners in moving them into position
for execution of the technique. We were reminded of the importance of kuzushi (breaking balance), tsukuri
(entry or body fitting), and kake (execution). We had some time left for shiai practice and referee exposure
                                                       for the juniors. Being on the hot seat as center ref is
                                                       just that - a bit intimidating.
                                                       All of the students thoroughly enjoyed their judo
                                                       practice afternoon with Ms. Fergus. She has the kind
                                                       of character that makes you feel like you’ve known
                                                       her for a long time. Ms. Fergus told us of her recent
                                                       surgery to put her collar bone back into place. She
                                                       probably shouldn’t have been as physical as she was
                                                       in demonstrating, but I don’t think you can keep a
                                                       good judoka down.
                                                                        Eve Allen, TKD and Judo Instructor
                                                                          Martial Arts Academy of Billings

California, April 14
The Goltz Judo Club hosted their 2nd Annual Los Angeles Clippers/Lakers pre-game judo demonstration at
Staples Center. 30 judoka from clubs throughout Southern California along with 120 of their friends and
family attended. The on-court show was broadcast before the game on the Jumbotron to the audience and
live on KCAL Channel 9’s LTV show.
On behalf of the Los Angeles Clippers, I’d like to say thank you for helping make our game so great last night. I
am excited that DJ was able to get his certificates from the JA . . . Needless to say, I am looking forward to
having each and every one of you back at STAPLES Center next season. The Judo demo is one of my favorite
events to coordinate and I couldn’t do it without the help of Gary and Tony.
                                               --Brad Eisen, Group Events Coordinator | LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

Did you know that L.A. Lakers center DJ Mbenga began practicing Judo when he was 9-years-old and
earned his black belt at age 20? He credits his judo training with helping him to develop good balance,
concentration self-control and agility.

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California, April 3
Olympic Bronze Medalist Ronda Rousey came to Kohaku Judo Academy to teach some of the techniques
that helped her bring home the Bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. We had a great turnout and
Ronda worked with everyone in attendance to help bring everyone's game up.

                                                                                       Jason R. Bruce
                                                                    USJA - SoCal Regional Coordinator

California, April 10
The Goltz Judo Club held a
Grassroots Clinic featuring Nick
Lowe, creator of the Eudo
Program with over 4,000
members in England. Nick has
been teaching in America for
over 6 years. His unique
teaching style is such a success
with camps because he has the
right mix of competition,
knowledge and fun to ensure
everyone leaves his lessons
wanting more. He is a regular
instructor at the Greatest Camp
on Earth in North Carolina.

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Wisconsin, April 18

                                                                   Tom Gustin and other kata students from
                                                                   Welcome Mat Judo Club attend a katame
                                                                   no kata clinic in Fond du Lac, WI with
                                                                   Sensei E. Shepard.

                Matt Carpenter points a gun at Sensei Shepard.

California, April 24
2x Olympic Bronze Medalist Israel
Hernandez and 2x US Olympian Valerie
Gotay held a clinic at Judo America San
Diego. They conducted two clinics, one
for kids and one for adults, with over 50
judoka in attendance. They focused on
training and playing judo in its totality;
not just working on throws and then
working on grappling separately but
instead playing complete Judo from the
throw all the way down to the pin or submission. With over 4 hours of training, Sensei Hernandez and Gotay
proved to be hands on trainers and made the time to Randori or provide constructive criticism to everyone. For
more information on this or any other Judo America clinic, please go to

                                                        Jason R. Bruce, USJA - SoCal Region Coordinator
                                              ; 951-751-9849

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Connecticut, April 24th

Gentle Way Judo Club Inc. working jointly with The Dojo Martial
Wolcott, CT. The event had 66 players from CT, MA, NY and RI.
competing in junior, senior and newaza divisions. The two mat
areas featured active judo matches from the beginner level to
those on the path to the upcoming nationals. The newaza division
matches were 3 minutes with no overtime; few matches went to
hantei, with submissions via armbar and chokes along with pins
being the deciding factor.

                                                  Shigatsu Open
                                                  Egypt Burrows (San Yama Bushi/New Rochelle, NY)
                                                  Presented with his award by Co-Directors Louis Nogueira (L)
                                                  & Willie Williams (R).

                                                  Search “Shigatsu Open” on You Tube to see some of the
                                                  posted highlights. and see results at

New York, April 24th

Bushido Kai Judo Club of Rochester, NY hosted a Nage-no-Kata Clinic. The clinic studied the first three sets of
Nage-no-kata. The clinicians were Heiko Rommelmann, Jr. and Jeff Guinta. As many-time national and
international kata champions, they began by acknowledging how fortunate they have been to be able to study
with so many knowledgeable judoka and emphasized the importance of continued study.
                                                                                      The clinic was well
                                                                                      attended by 18 people of
                                                                                      all ranks from as far as
                                                                                      Long Island, NY. All those
                                                                                      that attended worked
                                                                                      very hard, each
                                                                                      demonstrating a
                                                                                      technique from the kata
                                                                                      at the end of each set.
                                                                                      Bushido Kai plans to host
                                                                                      two more clinics later this
                                                                                      year. If you are interested
                                                                                      in attending please
                                                                                      contact Heiko at

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Upcoming Events
Below are some upcoming USJA and USJA/USJF events. You can also see a listing of sanctioned events on the
USJA website:


Saturday May 8, 2010
Seminar with Judo and BJJ champion Paulo Fernando Augusto at
Kim’s Martial Arts, 3606 Brownsville Road. Pittsburgh, PA 15227
9:00-11:00am & 1:00-4:00pm, Children Welcome. Fee $50.00 with
special discount rate of $25 for USJA members.
 Contact Eugene Kim: (412)716-7689 or
Christopher S. McMahon,, 412-401-6207

Saturday May 15th
Open door clinic & workout at Joseki Judo & Jujitsu, Altoona, PA
from 9:30-11:30am (or later).
Hapkido Master George Kattouf and BJJ blue belt of Academy of Martial Arts. Also Adam Pellegrino, Instructor
& Hapkido Black Belt and Wrestling Coach of Altoona Center of Martial Arts. Contact Jan Finkbeiner, 814-946-5557

Saturday, May 15th
Grand Opening Event at CEM Judo to celebrate its new facilities at 216 #15 Tefft St., Nipomo, CA. The day will
be marked by an all-day training event, two free self-defense classes for women, and a BBQ for all to enjoy. In
                                             the last five months CEM Judo has earned 25 medals competing all
                                                                                       around the state of
                                                                                       California. All CEM Judoka
                                                                                       are very excited for their
                                                                                       new facilities to aid them
                                                                                       in their competition
                                                                                          All are welcome!
                                                                                       For directions or more
                                                                                       information contact Bob
                                                                                       Rush at 805-305-1465.

Sunday, May 23
All Female Judo Clinic at Liberty Bell Dojo, in Philadelphia, PA with Celita Schutz, Stephanie Moyerman and Sue
Oles. and the

Saturday, May 29, 2010
Fight Like A Girl Clinic, Wall to Wall Martial Arts, 7838 Kingsley Drive, Denham Springs, LA. 70706
Open to all female Judoka age 13 & up; 9:30am – 2:00pm; $10 per person. Led by Diane Manganaro & Patty
Wall. Contact James or Patty Wall: 225-612-0934/225-921-7923 or

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Saturday, May 29, 2010
AAU Freestyle Judo Nationals, Kearney High School, 715 E 19th ST, Kearney, MO.
Gi & No Gi competition, Juniors (Gi only) Seniors & Masters. $25.00 for one style - $35.00 for both (gi/no gi).
Registration and Weigh-in 7:30 – 9:00 am; Rules clinic 10:00; Competition starts @ 10:30 with Gi.
All participants must have a current AAU membership. See For Freestyle Judo rules see . Contacts: Kenney Brink (816) 969-9019 or or ; Steve Scott @


Saturday, June 5th
Judo Clinic with 4-time Olympian Brian Olson at Academy of Japanese Martial Arts, 112 West Leake St., Clinton,
MS. Cost $ 10.00. 10:00-12:00 a.m. all ages; 2:00-5:00 p.m. ages 15 + up.
Out-of-state participants may camp out at the dojo Friday and/or Saturday night contact Bob Harvey . or 601-924-3421 by May 22.

June 11-13
Montana Summer YMCA Judo Camp at the YMCA Camp Child near Helena, MT. (Elliston, MT).
Camp starts Friday afternoon (6/11) and lasts until 12:00 noon on Sunday (6/13). A great camp to come get
ready for USJA/USJF Junior Nationals, or just have fun!Cost: $140 and includes meals and lodging.
 Contact Gregg Trude, head Coach at Helena YMCA Judo Club at or 406-439-1576.

Monday, June 14th – Thursday, June 17th
4-day Ashi Waza Seminar featuring Bruce Toups & sponsored by Wakaishu Judo Club
T. V. James Center, 1501 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Columbus, MS 39701. $10.00 per day per participant.
Contact Keith Worshaim at (662) 352-6795,

June 18-19, 2010
Toronto All Woman's Championship at Royal St. Georges College. Tournament Director, Liz Roach. and the

Saturday, June 19
Summer Judo clinic with Coaching Certification/Continuing Education featuring Bill Montgomery, USJA
Coaching Committee Chairman at Derry Judo Club, Derry NH. Please note Date/schedule changes!
Registration 8:00 a.m. Coaches only 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., and 3:00 - 4:00 pm; practical morning session (ages 12 &
under) 10:30--12:00 p.m.; practical afternoon session (ages 13-up) from 1:00--3:00 p.m.
Contact Roger Lenfest for more details and registration packet: 603-401-4080 or

Saturday, June 19, 2010
State Games of Mississippi Judo Competition, Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Columbus – Lowndes County, MS.
Weigh – in: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m./Competition: 11:00 a.m. (Masters, Juniors and Seniors)
Contact Keith Worshaim at (662) 352-6795,

Saturday June 19 - Sunday June 20 2010,
 2010 Sunshine State Games, Polk County, FL. For more information on entry requirements, division, fees,
schedule, etc. and to register online go to: For confirmation call 1-866-FL-GAMES (345-
2637). Judo competition contact Fred Hand (850) 488-5373 or or Kevin Bryan (850)
410-5288 or

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Thursday June 24 - Saturday, June 26:
About 120 scheduled training sessions featuring judo and
related arts, randori, and special guest instructor Olympic
silver medalist Nicolas Gill.
For more information go to:

Saturday, June 26th
The Black Belt School of Judo 1st Annual Invitational Judo Tournament, Lamar Christian High School,
62 Purvis Oloh Rd, Purvis, Mississippi.
Contact: Diane Manganaro, 786-236-2480 or 601-796-2602; email:


July 5-9 and August 2-6
Camp Olympus Summer
Judo Training Camps in
San Diego!
Coaching Staff: Israel
Hernandez, 2x Olympic
bronze medalist,2008 U.S.
Olympic Coach, 6th dan;
Valerie Gotay, 2x
Olympian, 8x National
Champion, 5th dan; Gerald
Lafon, International Coach, Director of Coaching, Judo America San
Diego, 6th dan.
Cost: $200 (training only), $325 (home stay includes training, room and
board). Pre-register by June 7 for July camp and July 5 for August camp
to reserve your spot. Limited enrollment!
Contact Valerie Gotay at (951) 699-8969 or e-mail
at . Camp flyer & registration form:

July 3 & 4: 1st Annual USJF & USJA Junior National JUDO Championships,
 University of California, Irvine.
Nanka Judo Yudanshakai is excited to host the upcoming 2010 United States Jr National Championships
& the 2010 USJF/USJA National NOVICE Tournament open to all competitors holding the rank of White
or Yellow Belt. Entry and information forms for the Championships and for the Novice Tournament are
separate. Download all forms and full information at
contact: Ed Shiosaki, President, Nanka Judo Yudanshakai, 310-702-0023,;
Nanka Office (310) 222-8690,

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Junior Nationals will
also be offering:
July 1: Coaches
Certification Clinic
July 2: Kata Clinic
July 5-6: USJF/USJA
Grassroots Judo
Training Camp.
Contact Paul Nogaki

Monday, July 5th - Friday, July 9th:
CAMP BUSHIDO, Sonora, California
Great judo and jujitsu training with high-level guest
instructors, room and board, swimming, and many
other fun activities.
Contact Charlie Robinson (530) 701-3797, Joa
Schwinn (707) 523-3200, or Hans Ingebretsen at
(408) 377-1787.

July 9–10, 2010
AAU Grand National Judo Championships, Kearney High School, 715 E 19th Street, Kearney, MO.
Shiai and Technique Divisions for Juniors, Collegiate, Seniors and Masters competitors.
Contact: Kenney Brink (816) 969-9019 or or
Steve Scott @ or

July 23-25, 2010
Seminar with 3-time World Sambo Champion Igor Kurinnoy at Sea Town Sambo/Seattle Jujitsu and Judo,
Seattle, WA . Contact: Aaron Fields

July 30-August 1
Seminar with 3-time World Sambo Champion Igor Kurinnoy at Champions Gym/Miletich Fighting Systems,
Bettendorf, IA. Contact: Gregg Humphreys


August 1
Nutmeg State Games, Keigwin Middle School, 99 Spruce Street, Middletown, CT.

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August 2-6
Second Camp Olympus Summer Judo Training Camp in San Diego. See previous listing in July.

August 7-8
Fight like a Girl Camp, Southside Dojo, 8534 Portage Rd. Portage, MI. Kelsey Basic, Louise Pullman & Deborah
Fergus. $20.00/1 day or $30.00/both. Contact: Deborah Fergus, or 269-385- 0111.

August 14, 2010
Verna Larkin's All Woman's Open Judo Championship at the Northglenn Recreation Center, in Northglenn, CO.
Tournament Director: Heidi Moore. and the

Sunday, August 15 - Saturday, August 21: INTERNATIONAL JUDO CAMP, Huguenot, NY
Featuring David Starbrook, two-time Olympic
Medalist and two-time World Medalist, and a
number of excellent, regular instructors.
Enjoy great judo, comprehensive Referee and
Coaching Certification courses, opportunities
to swim, fish, canoe, play other sports, relax
and watch a movie, and more!
For more information, go to:
Printable brochure:                                                                           Deborah Shapiro, 2009


Saturday, September 25th
2009 Louisiana Open Judo Tournament, Hebron Baptist Church Gymnasium, 24063 Hwy. 16, Denham Spring, LA
Weigh In & Registration: Friday, 9/24, 8-10 pm; Saturday, 9/25, 8-9 am Kata/8-10 am Shiai
Competition: Kata 9:00 am, Masters/Juniors 11:00 am, Seniors following Juniors
Shiai: $25.00 by 9/18; $35.00 during weigh in; $10.00 additional divisions. Kata: $5.00 per person per kata.
Contact: James Wall: (225) 921-7923/(225) 612-0934;


November 5-6
6th All Women's Championship, location TBA

Put Your Dojo on the Map!
A judoka from Sweden has set up a site to help people find judo clubs around the world. There are
over 600 listed already! Visit to check it out and to add your dojo!

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Send Us Your News!
Since we are a Judo community, Growing Judo is also dedicating some space for members to share
personal news. If your family wishes to share any information for the following features, please
email Matt Marcinek at
Milestones: a listing of any significant events such as marriages & births in the USJA community.
In Memoriam: a recognition of members of the USJA community that we have lost. Please
include a couple of sentences about the individual's achievements and contributions to judo and a
photo if you wish.

                                            Learn Judo with the Gokyo Gang

                          The USJA and Interactive Sport, Inc. have partnered to promote the
                          DVD series "Learn Judo with the Gokyo Gang."
                          The DVDs feature an interactive menu, 3-D animated characters, live
                          video, multiple camera angles and kid-friendly instruction to help
                          children understand the judo techniques they are practicing in class. It
                          is intended to supplement (not replace) good judo instruction. The
                          series is organized along the requirements for each belt promotion and
                          is suitable for ages 5 & up.
                          If you order through this link (also on the USJA website), you will be
                          helping the USJA and you will receive a 10% discount!
                   CODE : USJA241

                                                    Presenting . . . . New USJA

                                                              Black belt patches
                                                             $5.00/each plus S &H

                                            Contact the USJA National Office at 877-411-3409 or
                                   for more information.

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